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Product Overview

Juniper Security Director provides extensive security policy management and control through a centralized, web-based interface and enforces policies against emerging and traditional threat vectors, protecting physical, virtual, and containerized firewalls on-premises and across multiple clouds simultaneously. It provides detailed visibility into application performance and reduces risk while enabling users to diagnose and resolve problems quickly. 

Providing extensive scale, granular policy control, and policy breadth across the network, Security Director delivers network-wide visibility and policy management for deployments on-premises, in the cloud, and as a service. Administrators can quickly manage all phases of the security policy lifecycle for firewalls and next-generation firewall services, including zero-touch provisioning and configuration. They also gain insight into sources of risk across the network—all from a single user interface.

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Product Description

Network security management is how administrators operationalize their firewall architecture and provide visibility across individual deployments, policies, and traffic, and gain insight from threat analytics across the entire network traffic.

It can be a curse if management solutions are slow or restricted in their level of granularity and visibility; or a blessing with intuitive wizards, time-saving orchestration tools, and insightful dashboards. Juniper Security Director provides security policy management for all physical, virtual, and containerized firewalls. Through an intuitive, centralized, web-based interface, Security Director reduces management costs and errors by providing visibility, intelligence, automation, and effective security across Juniper SRX Series Firewalls deployments in both public and private clouds concurrently. 

Security Director Cloud

Security Director Cloud is your portal to Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), bridging your current security deployments with your SASE rollout. Security Director Cloud enables organizations to manage security anywhere and everywhere, on-premises, in the cloud, and as a service with unified policy management that follows users, devices, and applications wherever they go. Policies can be created once and applied everywhere. Organizations can use Security Director Cloud for network-wide visibility and policy management for deployments simultaneously to securely transition to a SASE architecture.

With Security Director Cloud, organizations can transition to a SASE architecture seamlessly, securely, and at a pace that’s best for each individual business. The bidirectional sync between Security Director and on-premises and individual firewalls, provides a cohesive management experience that supports a seamless transition to the cloud. Its unified policy management provides easy-to-use, consistent security policy that follows the user, device, and application—without needing to copy over or recreate rule sets.

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Figure 1: Security Director Cloud Architecture

The Security Director dashboard provides customizable, information-rich widgets offering visually intuitive displays that report security device status at a glance. A pallet allows you to easily navigate between firewall, threat, intrusion prevention system (IPS), application, throughput, and device-related information to create a customized view of the SRX Series firewall environment.

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Figure 2: Security Director Dashboard

You can quickly determine which SRX Series devices have generated the most alarms or consume the most CPU cycles or RAM for a specific time period through the dashboard.

By drilling down on widgets, administrators can sort and search various events to effortlessly obtain detailed information such as top viruses blocked, top destinations, top sources, and other details to ensure that the network is safe.

Security Director is an innovative solution for managing the application, user, and IP environments. Network administrators can choose between three different views to see how applications and users affect the network, observe bandwidth utilization levels, or determine the number of sessions created. Granular usage details, such as which applications are the riskiest, can be viewed. Top talkers are easy to identify and remediate. You can also compare different time frames and determine when utilization is typically at its peak.

With most security management solutions, administrators must run a report or open several tabs to find the applications or users they want to manage. Then they must manually create the required firewall rules, determine where to place those rules, and hope they don’t conflict with any existing rules, thereby creating a host of new problems. This task is an exceptionally tedious, time-consuming, and error-prone process.

Security Director is extremely user-friendly and does not require users to run multiple reports or open multiple tabs and manually analyze the data to find answers. Instead, Security Director provides administrators with the ability to quickly find crucial answers, at a glance, without digging through reports.

Using the actionable intelligence that Security Director provides, administrators can select one or more applications or user/user groups from the Application Visibility or User Visibility charts, then simply select “Block.” Security Director automatically creates the requested rule or rules and deploys them in the optimal location within the rules base, avoiding any anomalies and taking the guesswork out of managing the application and user environment.

Security Director also provides actionable intelligence when it comes to threat mitigation. For example, the Threat Map widget shows the number of IPS events detected per geographic location, giving you immediate awareness of threat activity and providing the means to remediate with one click.

Juniper Secure Edge

Juniper® Secure Edge provides Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) in a single-stack software architecture managed by Juniper Security Director Cloud—empowering organizations to secure their workforce wherever they are. Users have fast, reliable, and secure access to the applications and resources they need, ensuring great experiences for users. IT security teams gain seamless visibility across the entire network, all while leveraging their existing investments, helping them transition to a cloud-delivered architecture at their own pace.

With consistent security policies that follow the user, device, and application without having to copy over or recreate rule sets, Juniper Secure Edge makes it easy to deploy cloud delivered application control, intrusion prevention, content and Web filtering, and effective threat prevention without breaking visibility or security enforcement.

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Figure 3: Application Visibility Dashboard

Security Director Insights

Security Director Insights expands end-to-end visibility by correlating and scoring threat events across the complete security stack. It offers a timeline view mapped to the MITRE attack framework, so administrators can focus on the highest priority threats. It unifies visibility across the network by correlating threat detection information, including detections from other vendor products, and it enables one-touch mitigation to quickly address gaps in defense.

Security Director Insights empowers organizations to automate threat remediation and microsegmentation policies across the entire network with Policy Enforcer, Security Director’s built-in orchestration.

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Figure 4: Security Director Insights Dashboard

Security Director Insights collects and automatically correlates data across multiple security layers—email, endpoint, server, cloud workloads, and network—so threats are detected faster, and security teams can improve investigation and response times. It also uses mitigation rules to prevent future attacks.

With Security Director Insights, customers can:

  • Understand when and where an attack is happening by using it to correlate and prioritize security events from multiple security solutions across various parts of the network.
  • Use custom threat and incident scoring so that security teams respond to and can mitigate attacks that have the potential to do the most harm to the business.
  • Mitigate active threats across the network—on Juniper SRX Series firewalls, EX and QFX Series switches, wired and wireless access points driven by Mist AI, along with third-party solutions—with one click.

Customers can use Security Director Insights to track attack indicators across their networks, from client to workload, regardless of which vendor product in their environment made the detection. 

Policy Enforcer

Policy Enforcer provides a simplified user intent-based threat management policy modification and distribution tool. It allows updated policies to deploy on Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches, MX routers, QFX Series switches, and Juniper physical, virtual, and containerized SRX Series Firewalls.

Security Director provides automated enforcement and policy orchestration that allows updated security policies to deploy across Juniper SRX firewalls, EX Series switches, QFX series switches, MX series routers, and third-party network devices. The software helps automate threat remediation and microsegmentation policies across your entire network.

An intuitive user interface within Security Director gives administrators the flexibility to control and modify network elements, enforcement groups, threat management services, and profile definitions.

Using Policy Enforcer, Security Director automatically updates policies based on threats identified by Juniper Advanced Threat Prevention (ATP). Through Policy Enforcer, updated policies are then distributed to enforcement points such as firewalls, switches, and wireless solutions, ensuring real-time network protection.

Firewall Policy Analysis

With Firewall Policy Analysis, you can gain visibility into anomalies in your network by scheduling reports that show shadow or redundant firewall rules. Firewall Policy Analysis makes recommendations to fix all reported issues and uses automation to optimize your rule-base.

Firewall Policy Analysis eliminates the need to run a monthly or quarterly anomaly report, and having to manually fix all of the issues. You run the report once and Security Director will adapt.

Table 1. Security Director Features and Benefits
Features Description Benefits
Secure Edge Provides FWaaS in a single-stack software architecture with application control, IPS, anti-malware, web proxy and filtering, and advanced threat protection all delivered as a service. Enables administrators to seamlessly secure their remote workforce with consistent security policies that follow the user wherever they go.
Security Director Insights Collects and automatically correlates data across multiple security layers—email, endpoint, server, cloud workloads and network—so threats are detected faster, and security teams can improve investigation and response times. Prevents future attacks with mitigation rules.
  • Understand when and where an attack is happening by using it to correlate and prioritize security events from multiple security solutions across various parts of the network.
  • Use custom threat and incident scoring so that security teams respond to and can mitigate attacks that have the potential to do the most harm to the business.
  • Mitigate active threats across the network—on SRX Series firewalls, EX and QFX Series Switches, wired and wireless access points driven by Mist AI, along with third-party solutions—with one click.
Policy Enforcer Creates and centrally manages security policies through a user intent-based system, evaluating threat intelligence from multiple sources while dynamically enforcing policies in near real-time across the network. Enforces threat management policies at firewalls and access switches, aggregating threat feeds from Advanced Threat Prevention Cloud, SecIntel, and on-premises custom threat intelligence solutions with allow list and blocklist support.
  • Reduces the risk of compromise by eliminating stale rules and automatically updating enforcement based on network threat conditions. 
  • Improves protective posture by quarantining and tracking infected hosts. 
  • Allows security practitioners to focus on maximizing security rather than writing tedious policy rules.
Firewall policy analysis Provides the ability to schedule reports that show shadow or redundant firewall rules are and recommends actions to fix all reported issues. Allows administrators to maintain an efficient firewall rule base by quickly identifying ineffective and unnecessary rules.
Firewall rule placement guidance Upon creation of a new rule, analyzes existing firewall rule base to recommend optimal position and application. Significantly reduces shadowing rules.
Metadata-based policies Enables administrators to create object metadata-based user-intent firewall policies. Simplifies policy creation and maintenance workflows. In addition to making policies more readable from a user intent perspective, this feature streamlines firewall troubleshooting.
Dynamic policy actions Enables security administrators to initiate different actions, including firewall, logging, IPS, URL filtering, and Antivirus, among others, under different conditions. Reduces the time required to adjust the organization’s security posture under different conditions and streamlines threat remediation workflows.
Firewall policy hit count Shows hit counts for each firewall via meters and filters that display which rules are hit the least. Security Director also can keep a lifetime hit count. Allows administrators to assess each firewall rule’s effectiveness and quickly identify unused rules, resulting in a better-managed firewall environment.
Live threat map Displays where threats are originating in near real-time and allows you to take action to stop them. Provides near-real-time insight into network-related threats. Allows you to block traffic going to or coming from a specific country with a single click.
Security Assurance Automate security policies across the network, including firewalls, routers, and switches for accurate enforcement, consistent security, and compliance. Guarantee that security rules are always placed correctly for intended effectiveness.
Innovative application visibility and management Provides an easy and intuitive way to see which applications use the most bandwidth, have the most sessions, or are most at risk. Know which users are accessing non-productive applications and by how much. Top talkers are displayed in an easy-to-understand manner. Block applications, IP address, and users with a simple mouse click. Delivers greater visibility, enforcement, control, and protection over the network.
Simplified threat management Reports where threats are originating and where they are going via a global map. Blocking a country is easy; simply mouse over the country to take action. Provides insight needed to manage network-related threats effectively. Allows you to block traffic going to or coming from a specific country with a single click.
Snapshot support Allows users to snapshot, compare, and roll back configuration versions. Simplifies configuration changes and allows recovery from configuration errors.
Policy lifecycle management Provides the ability to manage all phases of security policy lifecycles, including creating, deploying, monitoring, remediation, and maintenance.
  • Enables central control over stateful firewall, AppFW, URL filtering, anti-virus, IPS, VPN, and NAT in one Security Director management console. 
  • Eases administration by unifying common policy tasks within a single interface. 
  • Reduces errors by enabling the reuse of policies across multiple devices.
Drag-and-drop Allows firewall, IPS, and NAT rules to be reordered by simply dragging them to a new location. Enables firewall, IPS, and NAT objects to be added or copied by dragging them from one cell to another or from a pallet located at the bottom of the policy table.
VPN auto-provisioning and import Simply tell Security Director which VPN topology to use and which devices you want to participate in the topology, and Security Director will auto-provision the tunnels. If you have an existing Juniper VPN environment, Security Director can import the VPNs to provide an easy and effective way to manage them. Makes pre-existing SRX Series firewall VPNs easier to manage.
Role-based access for policies and objects Allows devices, policies, and objects to be placed within domains and assigns read/write permissions to a user. Provides customers a way to segment administrative responsibility for policies and objects.
REST APIs for automation Provides RESTful APIs used in conjunction with automation tools. Automates configuration and management of physical, virtual, or containerized SRX Series firewalls.
Logging and reporting through Junos Space Log Director application Enables integrated logging and reporting.

Tight coupling with Security Director: 

  • Displays rules and events in the same window 
  • Allows administrator to easily shift views from logs to corresponding rules and vice versa 

Direct access to Security Director policies and objects: 

  • Role-based access control (RBAC) 
  • Event viewer for events aggregation and filtering 
  • Dashboard with customizable graphs 
  • Reports generated and automatically sent via email 
  • Email alerts automatically generated based on threshold SRX Series health monitoring: 
    • CPU utilization 
    • Memory utilization 
    • VPN monitoring 

System log forwarding to security information and event management (SIEM)

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